Simulated Reality With Marklin Digital

Operating enjoyment multiplied – the Delta system

First you add some track and turnouts, then more cars and one day a second locomotive is being run on the layout – now you are faced with the decision whether to keep operating locomotives conventionally or with a multi-model steam engine system.

In order to control both locomotives independently from on another in conventional operation you have to isolate an area of track and power it with a second transformer. Each of the two locomotives is than controlled in its area of track by its model steam engine control transformer. In principle you are operating two model railroad layouts next to one another. Of course, each locomotive can also be run into the track area of the other, but it also enters the area controlled by the other’ transformer.

With a multi-model steam engine system you have quite different possibilities. The locomotives do not need their own areas of track; they receive control commands from a locomotive controller. Each command contains information regarding which locomotive it is intended for and what that locomotive is to do. Only the locomotive so selected reacts to these control commands. It needs a decoder for this purpose, one that receives and decodes these commands. All Marklin DELTA and digital HO locomotives and all Maxi and standard 1 Gauge locomotives are equipped with this sort of decoder. Other HO locomotives, such as from the HOBBY assortment, can be retrofitted with a decoder.

With Märklin you have a choice between two DELTA multi-model steam engine systems for four to five locomotives or the Märklin Digital system that you can expand in steps for layouts of up to 80 locomotives as well as digitally controlled accessories. DELTA and digital locomotives are compatible with all of these systems.

The 6607 DELTA Station

This system is suitable for HO and Maxi. Either a 6647/6646 AC power transformer with 32 VA power output or the 6002/6001 transformer with 52 VA (42 VA for 6001) power output, sufficient for the power requirements of the layout, is used to supply power. The DELTA Station can be set up at any desired distance from the transformer used to supply power and is thus suitable for use outdoors. The DELTA Station has no controls on it. Instead, a total of four 6608 DELTA Mobil hand controllers can be connected to it. Each hand controller can address each of four locomotive addresses. With several hand controllers each controller is assigned to a locomotive, so that a maximum of four people can each be controlling their locomotive at the same time. All best model steam engine kit operations can be stopped with an emergency button on each hand controller. With this system, you would continue to operate accessories conventionally.

The next step – Marklin Digital

Marklin Digital has been proving itself as a digital control system for HO and 1 Gauge since 1984. In keeping with the Marklin philosophy, it is easy to operate, reliable in its function, and compatible with Marklin’s HO and 1 Gauge products. Marklin Digital controls locomotives, working models, or solenoid accessories. Each locomotive can be addressed individually. On locomotives with the high-efficiency propulsion, the maximum speed as well as acceleration and braking delay can be custom tailored to approach the operation of that model’s prototype. Remote controlled auxiliary functions such as headlights, sound effects, horn, or a smoke generator allow you to get even closer to reality.

Marklin Digital is a system for the future, and can be expanded with new functions, thus always remaining up-to-date. All of the power and operating components are carefully designed to go together.

Only original Marklin products guarantee full compatibility and reliable operation of the entire system.

How does Marklin Digital work?

With conventional model steam engine control you use the model steam engine control trans former to regulate the voltage in the track for running model steam engines; the locomotive then runs faster or slower. You have to isolate areas of track from one another and supply them with their own model steam engine control transformers in order to have locomotives run independently of one another.

With Marklin Digital the operating voltage in the track is almost constant. Regardless of the way you turn the control knob on the locomotive controller, the level of the operating voltage remains the same. Instead, the central unit sends control signals through the track. Each control signal contains an address (which locomotive it is intended for) and an actual command (run faster, stop, etc.). The locomotives have decoders that act as locomotive engineers, and they receive these signals. Initially, they check to make sure that the command is actually for them; whether the address agrees with the address they have. if yes, they accept the command. High-efficiency decoders have their own “brain” in this situation. At the command “Stop” (control knob on the locomotive controller set for zero) they do not immediately turn off power to the locomotive, they decrease it continuously, so that the model steam engine slowly comes to a stop as in real life. Or, at the command “full speed” (control knob turned all the way over to the right) they allow only enough operating voltage to the locomotive until it reaches a prototypical maximum speed. These functions can be custom tailored for each locomotive with high-efficiency propulsion.

In addition to locomotives, Marklin Digital can also control solenoid accessories. Up to 256 turnouts and signals can be operated with ease either individually or in routes.

This multitude of functions does not require extensive wiring – all commands travel via two wires to the decoders.

Marklin Digital For HO And 1

The first step

The premium digital starter sets for HO and 1 Gauge are the right first step for entering the digital age. These multi-model steam engine sets have two model steam engines in addition to the 6021 Control Unit and the 6001/6002 transformer that is designed in terms of its power to go with the Control Unit. The other current starter sets can be expanded to digital with just the addition of the 6021 Control Unit .

Every Marklin HO locomotive with a DELTA or a digital electronic circuit is digital-ready; the other locomotives can be retrofitted with a decoder. In Marklin 1 all of the Maxi locomotives and standard 1 Gauge models come from the factory ready for digital operation.

Or do you want to transfer over?

If you want to convert your existing Marklin HO or 1 layout to Digital, in principle what you need is a Control Unit as a central unit. An already existing model steam engine control transformer can be used to supply power. The Control unit’s full output capability is realized with the

6001/6002 transformer. The addition of 6017 Boosters can adapt the digital system to higher power requirements. Your authorized dealer can retrofit conventional locomotives with DELTA or digital decoders. You can continue to operate turnouts, signals and uncoupler tracks conventionally with control boxes. Anyone who has set up the wiring on his layout with patience and care, so that it is neat and clean and who doesn’t want to destroy this beautiful workmanship, can stay with conventional operation of the accessories. On the other hand, anyone wanting to make use of the additional functions of digital technology or wanting to save wiring when expanding, will use the digital keyboard and decoders for his accessories.

More And More Models With More And More Functions.

The Heart of Every Marklin Digital Layout-6021 Control Unit

The heart every Marklin Digital layout in HO and 1 is the Control Unit. It combines the functions of three components: It is first a locomotive controller for operating locomotives, second a booster for supplying the layout with current to operate locomotives and accessories, third it is the central unit electronics circuit which processes all commands for other control components. The Control Unit collects and stores all commands for locomotives and accessories and sends them as data signals to the track.

The Control Unit can recognize up to 80 locomotives. It calls up locomotive addresses from 01 to 80 with the 10 button keypad, and this address appears on the two-digit display. You then control this locomotive manually as you wish and turn on /off the functions built into the locomotive such as headlights, TELEX couplers or smoke generator. When a new address is called up, this locomotive continues to run with the speed last set for it. The power supplied to the layout through the Control Unit is limited for reasons of safety.

We at Marklin see technology as a means to an end to make model railroading even more realistic and more rich in adventure. We want to do more than just reproduce models that are as true in their detailing as possible; we want to make their functions and the operation of them just as realistic. These would include adjustable operating characteristics typical of that locomotive’s prototype such as the maximum speed, acceleration, and braking. Also included would be remote controlled auxiliary functions for locomotives, cars, and working models.

Up to five functions can be controlled

With Marklin Digital up to five functions can be controlled, depending on the model. The headlights can be turned on with the “function” button and off with the “off” button. In addition, the Control Unit has four buttons marked “f1” through “f4” that can be used to control other locomotive functions.

Controllable model steam engine lighting

The decoder for HO car lighting will not leave its passengers sitting in the dark. The interior lighting in the cars can now be left on when the model steam engine is stopped in the same manner as the headlights for digital locomotives, something that now gives the right atmosphere to the scene at a station. The 60960 decoder can be retrofitted into cars. When the lighting for different cars is linked together with current conducting couplers, then one decoder can control the car lighting for the entire model steam engine.

Better vision at high speed

The modern, high speed locomotives have both standard headlights and long distance headlights. This is better for the locomotive engineer, because at high speeds he can see further and is not driving in the dark; at the same time the model steam engine can be seen from a further distance. The front and rear long distance headlights on different digital versions of TO models such as the class 101 and class 152 can be turned on.